Fr. Rick's Sermons
Sunday, December 03, 2017
Church is Here to Help Heal (State of the Parish Address)
Today we will have our annual parish assembly meeting to review our programs and ministries, and set the budget for next year. Parish assemblies can be a little anxiety-provoking because we tend to worry about money.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
We Are All Rich
Some of us are old enough to remember a man named Robin Leech, who with his distinctive British accent, narrated the once popular television show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Many of us watched to see how “the other half” lived.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Bigger Barns or Bigger Church
This is a true story: a Greek Orthodox parish community was contemplating building a brand new, larger, more beautiful sanctuary. Of course, there was lots of lively discussion and debate. During a parish assembly meeting, one person rose to speak.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
God Loves a Cheerful Giver - Good Samaritan
One of my favorite bible passages is “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). I try to say it each day in the morning to remember that, no matter what happens, I should be joyful.
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Stewardship and Eternal Life
If you went around asking people, “What is the purpose of life?”, you’ll get many answers: “to be happy…to live a good, long life...to make a name for yourself…to be fulfilled…to find your purpose…” etc.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
When you strike up a conversation with a person you have never met before, what is one of the first important questions to be asked? What is your name? And then, my name is (blank). The name becomes very important to begin assimilating additional information about the person.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Great big things can come from little tiny ones. Human life begins when a tiny sperm fertilizes a very small egg and in about 15 years we have a full-grown man or woman. A huge oak tree comes from a tiny acorn. So also, a way of life or a lifetime of activity can grow from a tiny thought or idea in our mind.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
If someone says, “I’m going to call you,” immediately we think of a phone call. If I tell another person, “So and so called me,” they would think the same.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Gay or straight, republican or democrat, conservative or liberal, man or woman, black or white, pro-choice or pro-life: these are all familiar labels we hear many people identify themselves as are used a pejorative to label someone else.
Sunday, September 03, 2017
With all the rain and flooding due to Hurricane Harvey that struck south Texas and Houston this past week, some places received over 50 inches of rain, we are reminded of the great flood at the time of Noah as recorded in Genesis 6-7.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
See Coniaris “Love is the Great Command” (Homilies from an Orthodox Pulpit, pp.113-116)
Millions of people watch the news including CNN which stands for Cable News Network. It was the first news network on cable television.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
During this weekend of our Greek Festival, we are proudly offering our ethnic food, music and dancing. We also are seeking to share our faith through our bookstore, free literature and church tours. In the tour of the church we use the architecture and iconography to explain Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
During the season of summer in America, we are inundated with messages of patriotism. Commercials resound with themes of American flags, apple pies, hot dogs, fireworks, and Chevy trucks.
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Anyone who has been married a few years or has been a parent to a teenager can tell about the phenomenon of selective listening. At one moment, a spouse can hear the quietest whisper. At another moment, it is as if the same person is completely deaf.
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